Most businesses need their computer systems to function properly to conduct business and any scenario that impedes that ability is a direct negative impact on deliverability of a product or service, billing for a job or even a task as basic as paying the employees. Good business practice means taking the time to consider and weigh the risks and costs of both securing the businesses critical assets, or not. But it should be weighed. How much does down-time cost the business? That should not be an unknown.
A strong firewall is designed to inspect all traffic both incoming and outgoing and block and prevent all unauthorized traffic. This action means your business network is protected from malicious code, trojans, virus and ransomware. Many of them can even help improve productivity and reduce risk by controlling what parts of the internet are allowed to be accessed by computers on your business network. Firewalls may be VPN endpoints, enabling a remote workforce or bridging the private networks of two or more geographically separated offices.
A firewall is a physical barrier between a private network and the internet. Many small companies use consumer routers, but a router does not block access, it only routes traffic. Without a firewall in place the companies’ assets and data are at extreme risk but a firewall is only one part of a good security posture.
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